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States rights is not just another theory…

My friends when men would rail and deprive others of freedom they are not good people it is not the hope and it is not the kind of change that people were told they could expect, it is because of this that we must vote those out of office that will not listen or do the will of the people.

Restoring the 10th Amendment
By Dustin Stockton

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Powerful, simple words. The Tenth Amendment was designed to be a catchall, ensuring that as our great nation developed, the choices of the federal government would remain secondary to the rights of the states. Yet federal politicians have found ways to circumvent their limited power. The result has been a disastrous eroding of personal liberty and government efficiency.

They’ve bastardized the intent of the interstate commerce clause. On Obamacare, Obama’s lawyers argue that the commerce clause gives them authority to regulate everything that has to do or not to do with the modern definition of commerce. Their argument goes like this. If people don’t purchase health insurance it impacts interstate commerce; therefore, the federal government has constitutional authority to mandate that every person purchase health insurance.

Imagine the implications if that argument is successful. The federal government would grant itself unilateral authority to dictate every purchase your family chooses or doesn’t choose to make. Don’t want to buy a new car in Nevada? That would impact the car industry in Michigan therefore granting authority for the government to demand that you buy a new car. Even worse, every decision has an impact on health. If given the power to regulate healthcare then the federal government could regulate every decision from what kind of toothpaste you use to what kind of food you eat. All these regulations would be controlled by a handful of politicians in Washington DC.

I support States’ rights because an ordinary citizen has almost no control over Washington. Each of us is represented by just one Congressman and two Senators. That means our individual vote only has an impact on 3/535 or about ½ of 1%. America is greatest when decisions are weighted as close to each individual as possible, because the smaller the government the more agile and reactive it can be to its unique community. Every individual school board should have broader control over its district’s education policy than the State and especially the federal government, because you can have an impact on your local school board that you can’t have with the federal government.

The 10th amendment applies both ways.

I don’t care if the people of Vermont use their education system to feminize their boys and sexualize their girls. I don’t care if they want to raise their effective tax rate to 90%. I could care less if they want to teach their children that avoiding pain is more important than perseverance and hard work. Their communities should be free to create a narcissistic liberal utopia and then suffer the consequences when it inevitably fails. On the same account, if I choose to live in a community where schools segregate based on ability, allow prayer, and teaches morality, the liberals in Vermont and the politicians in Washington should mind their own d–n business.

This is a big country. Communities in rural Alabama face far different challenges than communities in urban New York. The federal government will never have the ability to regulate each of those different communities equally and therefore should stay out of the business of regulating them at all. If it takes a Constitutional amendment to restrict the commerce clause in order to restore the Tenth Amendment that will be the cost of preserving liberty.

Dustin Stockton
Media/Events Director TheTeaParty.net
Chief Strategist Western Representation PAC